When I was pregnant with Little Cotton Candy, I spent hours poring over baby registry lists and forum discussions to cull the perfect list of products that we just “needed” to receive or purchase before my due date. Our friends and family were so generous with gifts and hand-me-downs, and we ended up with pretty much everything on our list. Because we thought we were one-and-done for such a long time, we didn’t hang on to that many things, so when/if we get pregnant with baby #2, we will be starting from scratch in a lot of ways.

Luckily, we did hold onto the following: electric breast pump and Ergo carrier (both loaned to my sister-in-law, who is done with the pump and will probably be done with the Ergo by the time we need it again); collapsible stroller, crib, Diaper Genie. We only threw out our changing pad when it basically disintegrated. We didn’t keep our original high chair but ended up buying another for Little Cotton Candy’s cousins to use, so we’re good on that front.

This time around the plan is to buy less stuff in general before the baby is born. Instead, we’ll buy the necessities and hold off on the rest to see what we actually end up needing. (Isn’t it inevitable that we will end up Priming a ton of things in the weeks/months after giving birth?) With that said, would you like to know what’s on my shopping list this time around? (Yes, I did create a private Amazon shopping list way back in August before I even got my IUD out. What can I say? I was excited and in pre-nesting mode.)




  1. One-piece pajamas in 3 and 6 month sizes.
  2. Short sleeve onesies in 3 and 6 month sizes. We already have a bag of hand-me-downs in newborn sizes; plus, Little CC only fit into NB size for a couple weeks, so I’m erring on the side of larger clothes.
  3. Fisher-Price Deluxe Newborn Rock ‘n Play Sleeper. We didn’t have one of these with Little CC, but I have heard they are amazing for baby naps and travel.
  4. SwaddleMe swaddles in size small. We received some hand-me-down SwaddleMe swaddlers after Little Cotton Candy was born, and they were the only swaddles he would keep on. They’re pricey, but they are amazing.
  5.  Graco LiteRider Click Connect Travel System. This stroller + infant car seat combo will come in handy for the newborn months since we didn’t hang on to our original infant car seat. Definitely a must-have—they won’t let you out of the hospital without the proper car seat!
  6. The First Years Sure Comfort Deluxe Newborn To Toddler Tub. We borrowed a baby tub last time, so this time I guess we’ll have to buy one.
  7.  Graco Pack ‘N Play with Newborn Napper Elite. A Pack ‘N Play is what we used as a bassinet when Little CC was a newborn. Too bad we didn’t hang on to our original one.
  8. Mid-century dresser/changing table. I’m hoping to score the perfect mid-century dresser that can also act as a changing table for the right price on Craigslist. Fingers crossed!

Nice to Have

  1. Footie pants in 3 and 6 month sizes. These are necessary for winter babies, but maybe not so much if we have a newborn in one of the warmer months.
  2. Evenflo Feeding Classic Glass Twist Bottles. We have a few old plastic bottles that attached to the breast pump, but I’d like to stock up on some glass ones if it turns out we are going to do a lot of bottle feeding. This one is a wait and see.
  3. Medela Harmony manual breast pump. I still have my old electric pump, but I feel like this manual one could come in handy. I’m hoping I won’t have to rely on the electric pump as much the second time around if nursing goes better than it did with Little CC.
  4. NoseFrida aspirator. We had one of these when Little CC was a baby and it worked great, but we ended up getting a ton of free aspirator bulbs in the hospital, so I’m sure we won’t NEED a NoseFrida.
  5. aden by aden + anais Wearable Blanket. aden + anais makes the lightest, softest, cutest sleep sacks. We probably won’t need any right away, though, so this goes on the optional list.
  6. Fisher-Price My Little Snugapuppy Deluxe Bouncer. Do we really need this if we’re buying the Rock ‘n Play? I’m undecided.
  7. Summer Infant In View Digital Color Video Baby Monitor We had an audio-only monitor last time, but I’m thinking we may splurge for the video this time, especially because you can now get one for under $100.
  8. Keekaroo Peanut Changer, Raspberry. Boy do I want this changer, but that price—woof.
  9. Pacis. Again, they give these out in the hospital, and Little Cotton Candy never really used them, so we shall wait and see.
  10. New crib sheets to match nursery colors. We already have some white and some neon green ones from Little Cotton Candy’s nursery.

Did you find yourself buying a lot less for baby #2? What do you think of this list? Am I forgetting anything major?